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13 Things You May Not Know About Mark 'Chopper' Read

Notorious Australian crime figure Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read has died from liver cancer, aged 58. But how well do you know him?

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1. Read spent the first five years of his life in a children's home, and was made a ward of the state by the age of 14

3. Read spent only 13 months outside prison between the ages of 20 and 38

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He served time after being convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, arson, impersonating a police officer, assault and attempted murder. He was sentenced to 13 years in jail for attempting to kidnap a County Court judge at gunpoint.

7. In his books Read claims to have been involved in the killing of 19 people and the attempted murder of 11 others

He has recently downgraded this to "about four or seven". He has also said he would "never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn".

9. He's also recorded a hip hop album, Interview With a Madman

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11. Read contracted Hepatitis C during his time in prison, he says through using a blood-stained shaver

13. In September 2013, Read was admitted to hospital and then palliative care.

He died on October 9, 2013.

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